What started as a mere speculation in the media about the possibility of the President appointing over 50 deputy ministers in addition to already announced 56 substantive ministers, with 10 Regional ministers and their deputies inclusive, got confirmed on Wednesday.
A list of 50 deputy ministerial nominees and 4 Ministers of state was submitted to Parliament by the presidency, bringing to 110, the total list of ministerial appointees of the Nana Addo led NPP government.
By this number, the President set an unprecedented record of having the biggest government in Ghanaian recent history, as previous governments in this 4th republican era did not exceed 90 ministerial appointees.
This action by a new government, which is preaching austerity due the ‘weak economy’ inherited from their predecessor, has attracted a barrage of criticisms from many Ghanaians including Civil Society groups and political opponents.
The Minority leader in Parliament, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu described it as an ‘elephant size’ government which will put more burden the country’s coffers and General Secretary of the the largest opposition, NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia saw it as ‘betrayal of trust’ by a party which which promised to cut down the size of government, when given power.
Nonetheless, the government through the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, insisted the president need the huge number of appointees to fix the myraid of problems facing the country in real time.
Ghanaians in the Social media space have also been busy on their various handles, taking a bite on the raging debate and in our weekly Social Media TRENDZ (#SM_TRENDZ), Mykuulfmonline.com samples the rage, rant, mockery and possible applause to President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Over bloated/Elephant size’ government.